"Sir Elton John hands over rehab diaries to writer of upcoming biopic
Singer gives screen-writer free reign to chronicle his past.
SIR Elton John seems determined for the upcoming film about his life not to be very much warts and all – as the singer revealed secrets of his rehab diaries for the forthcoming biopic, Rocket man.
The film, which will see Elton portrayed by actor Tom Hardy, is a no-holdsbarred look at Elton’s past struggles with addiction and his subsequent redemption.
Writer Lee Hall says that the singer personally handed him his private journals to help prepare the script for the project.
He said : “One day he took me to his house and opened a safe and he had all his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab and left me there to read all his stuff.
"But he’s never commented once on the script, he hasn’t interfered at all."
It is believed the film will cover Elton’s 1990 stint in rehab, when he was at his lowest ebb.
clean and sober now but has struggled in the past with addiction and alcoholism [Wenn]
The showbiz legend previously told of the extent of his past cocaine addiction saying: “I would have an epileptic seizure and turn blue and people would find me on the floor and put me to bed and then 40 minutes later I’d be snorting another line.”
And the Benny And The Jets singer has also opened up about the guilt he continues to feel at being consumed by drug addiction as the AIDS epidemic ravaged the gay community around him in the 1980s, and consequently not doing enough to help.
But in 1992 he founded the Elton John Aids Foundation which has since raised more than $275 million for the cause and has been clean and sober since he left rehab.
We can’t wait to see Tom Hardy step up to the plate in what promises to be a great film.”
Tom Hardy is set to play the singer in upcoming biopic, Rocketman [Wenn]